This Article is compiled by both the Barry NuBuck and by the Jordanglowboi, but mostly by the NuBuck, as Glowboi is trying to find more interesting local acts...
Barry NuBuck: I like January. Not just because of New Year’s parties or that it’s my birthday month... but because of the anticipation for the year’s great releases. 2009 in particular will see many amazing releases I have been anticipating for many a blog years...
Me and Jordan would like to share some of the upcoming releases with you so that they don’t pass ya’ll by... cool? Lets get into it then....
Jordanglowboi: I'm the complete opposite of Barry when it comes to January...Fuck it...with the whole year ahead of you, January is the indicator month that usually tells you how the rest of your year is going to follow...mine so far busy...Anyway when Barry told me of this post about the "hopefully" best artists of 2k9, I had no choice but to exercise my right as Admin and give my hearsay on the Artist...lets rollInternational Artist's
MSTRKRFT - FIST OF GOD
Barry NuBuck: Holy shit have I (and many others) been eagerly awaiting MSTRKRFT’s sophomore LP entitled "Fist of God" ever since I heard "The Looks"... Then they gave us a glimpse of how far they had come in defining their level, style and carving out new paths for the dance punk scene when they released their single “Bounce” featuring rapper N.O.R.E. with the b-side club weapon "Vuvuvu" (made after a conversation they had with Justice about how they make vuvuvu music). They also recently just finished up an extensive Fist of God tour promoting their new album... But were very tight fisted about releasing any of the tracks off the album. Not even to any of their friends.
Fist of God will definitely rock the dance punk ship in more ways than one, especially by featuring some very unlikely artists like Ghostface Killah, Freeway, John Legend, N.O.R.E., E-40, and Lil' Mo.
One things for sure, it will raise and set the bar for the forth coming years scene and releases. The LP is out March 17 on Dimmak/ Downtown records. The Album art is yet again by SeriPop who were responsible for that of The Looks. Word from JFK is that they have already started LP 3... and quoted from JFK on the MSTRKRFT forum when asked about the third LP "[we are] throwing everything out the window. LP#3 wont rock the boat, it will sink it.
Jordanglowboi: Well as you can see from the above monasterytively informative paragraph, Barry will be doing the long and complicated explanations and so on from here on out...While I will be that Guy giving his general opinion about the following Artists...Well what can I say about MSTRKRFT, aside form the fact that they deliver the goods every time they release a track? That they drive the direction that alt dance music moves in? That they are so cool that you can't even describe them? Well no...MSTRKRFT is MSTRKRFT, they are a defining band for a generation, when one of them commits suicide (PLEASE god don't!) we will all mourn, we will all want to sit and listen to their album over and over again. We will play back there live videos and tracks...and some freak that never knew them will eventually write a book about their life...Fist of God will be amazing and will change the way we feel about dance music and for one reason and one reason only...MSTRKRFT...done.
"J F K"
Jordanglowboi: Why Not? Bouncing Children on Knees? Neat? Yes to all of the above...it will be good.
Barry NuBuck: While still in the MSTRKRFT camp, JFK is releasing his first solo original EP entitled "Baby Techo" this year on Frances Institubes Label. He called it Baby Techno because he made it while bouncing his daughter on his knee and made changes according to her reaction. She loves it apparently. Pretty neat if ya ask me.
Metric - New Album out Aprilish?
Barry NuBuck: While changing the tempo completely but not leaving Canada, Toronto’s own Metric is releasing their long awaited next album this year somewhere around April. They recently released the first single from their up coming currently untitled album called "Help I’m Alive". As expected this song is incredible. Absolutely incredible. Just as you loose faith in rock, somebody releases something so genuinely incredible and quality. Metric did it for me. Theres a pretty nifty video on their website detailing Emily about to give up on the band to her journey of "authentic self discovery" in peru... and the creation of this track.
Jordanglowboi: I LOVE Metric. I knew that I loved Metric when I loved every second of their unreleased album "Grow Up And Blow Away". Most people hated the album calling it slow melodramatic crap...I say fuck you...It was great showing us the softer, darker side of Metric which later lead to the creation of one of my favorite albums of all time Emily Haines & The Soft Skeleton's "Knives Don't Have Your Back". Metric proves to us that Electro Rock can still have substances. Like the track says "Beating Like a Hammer" Metric's lastest offering is going to be nothing short of brilliance, if the rest of the tracks are to follow the lead of "Help I'm Alive"
Grab this awesome track here and hear the goodness.
Metric - Help I'm Alive
Barry NuBuck: If you checked out our recent ShuffleShame mix we sang praises to Yuksek and with good reason... the guy makes amazing music... not just club music, but music. I mentioned before that he graduated from Frances University of music somewhere near the top of his year and hasn’t slowed down one bit. He’s remixed everybody from Ghostface Killah and Ugod of the Wu-Tang to Van She, Surisimo, Adam Kesher and the Kaiser Chief among plenty others. His versatility is astonishing yet his style is undeniable. A class act from start to finish.
After releasing so many class remixes and a handful of stylish singles, Yuksek is ready to release his Debut Album entitled, "Away from the Sea". Some cool videos n stuff under that linkage.
Jordanglowboi: Yusek is hot, so hot right now, that you will be killed for mis-spilling or mis-reading his name (Ouch), he actually reminds me of Hanzel from Zoolander. It seems that all French people are cool, so Yusek is no different, His remixes rock so much he got me listening to Wu-Tang (WTF?). His Album promise to deliver the goods and here at Fatchineseboi we believe it...His tracks "Tonight" and "I Like To Play" have both stolen my heart...I'm extremely excited for "Away From the Sea" I think you should be to.
We have for you here a little Album preview medley and a single off his album. I love his work and cant wait to get my hands on his album.
Yuksek - Away from the Sea Album preview medley
And Yukek's new single Tonight!
Yuksek - Tonight
And Barry just recently got his hands on a few more tracks off of Away from the Sea and he is sharing his favorite of the lot with you right here!! This track amazing! We hope to hear this being played out by everybody!
Yuksek - Extraball
LA Riots - Album in progress
Barry NuBuck: LA Riots have been kicking out some really great remixes over the past few blog years. Strictly remixers and DJ’s they haven’t yet released a single orginal track... that of course is all about to change. According to Daniel le Disko, one half of the duo, on the MSTRKRFT forums, they have stopped remixing for now to concentrate on doing originals for their up coming debut album. Title and release date still unknown, but judging by their remix of N.A.S.A music I’m positive it will be amazing.
Jordanglowboi: Too be honest I will believe it when I hear it...No doubt in my mind that LA Riots is one of the best remix acts around...But I find it hard to see them ever releasing an album. But I like to be proven wrong and sadly are proven wrong on countless occasions, so hopefully this will be be one of those occasions...I do love this track thou.
Shadow Dancer - Golden Traxe
Barry NuBuck: The glitchy tech wizards,Shadow Dancer, on Boys Noize records... Their productions are so uniquely refreshing in a field saturated with half assed LOLdistortion basslines. I like their stuff for sure and I am definitely excited about their debut Album titled Golden Traxe, coming out 23 February. Not quite in time for Valentines Day but just around the corner. So watch out for that one. They’ve also done remixes for the likes of The Faint, The Whip, Boys Noize, The Teenagers, Suicide Club, Chromeo and many more.
Last year they released a single entitled "Soap" which got a lot of play from the like of Erol Alkan, Boys Noize, D.I.M. and 2ManyDjs
Jordanglowboi: 2K9 is defiantly the year of Alt Dance musik....And Shadow Dancer is going to one of the defining acts of 2k9, his track "Soap" is so dirty good, it makes you wise you were in a Rave, in an abandoned warehouse, with 300 sweaty boiz and grilz breaking it down...bergies and all. With legends like Erol, Boys Noize and 2ManyDj's playing your tracks their is no way in hell that you are bad in any form. Shadow Dancer has a bright future and his album will probably rape your face twice...
‘ave a listen.
Shadow Dancer - Soap
And Barry's favourite remix that they've done... for the Faint.
The Faint - The geeks were right (Shadow Dancer vox remix)
Zombie Nation - Zombielicious
Barry NuBuck: Those of you know have been alive long enough to already know who Zombie Nation is forget everything you know. Long time homie of Tiga and Soulwax, Zombie Nation has quietly been working on some diabolical new sounds for quite some time now. Have a listen to the I am Tiga podcast for you savvy itunes nerds... and have a laugh at the interview where Tiga and Zombie talk about skiing in neon spandex and crackheads outside his studio. None the less... Zombie Nation is releasing a new album this year... with the amazingly imaginative title "Zombielicous". I would post you a track list but I doubt that would mean anything. Just know that his collaboration with Tiga is called ZZT and they released a track last year called "The Worm" on Turbo Recordings. His crew, predominantly comprising of 2ManyDjs, Erol Alkan and Tiga played it at like every show... It was big... actually it was huge. Check out the video. That’s all Im giving you coz the track was blogged, edited and bootleg remixed to death and back. Then Zombie Nation dropped "Forza" with remixes from FFFukkk OFFF and Housemeister. It’s a huge track... and has already been blogged to death and played out by practically everybody ... again including the aforementioned crew. It’s a biggie. Have a listen.
Jordanglowboi: Fuck I thought Zombie Nation was new....Barry's older than he looks kids...I love the name Zombie Nation it conjures all kinds of lovely visions of Rave Zombies in Neon, with GlowSticks sticking out of there decaying bodies...Forza is an Amazing track, we would have put it in the ShuffleShame mix but I said no cause its so damn over played....but for a good reason...Watch out for the Zombie cause he's gonna get you and its gonna be great...
Zombie Nation - Forza (original mix)
Barry also has another track off the album... but seeing as its been yanked off blog pages faster than the South African Government can waste our tax monies on themselves, We think we'll save it for another time... its called "Worth it Pt. 1", and lives up to its title, so keep an eye out for that!
Tiga - New Album out 2K9 (Already?)
Barry NuBuck: While on the topic of ZZT, the Worm and the crew... Tiga is releasing a new album this year since god knows when. His track "Mind Dimension" if you haven’t already heard it is another huge track being dropped (Again!) by the likes of 2ManyDjs, Erol Alkan etc etc...I have recently discovered that there is to be a Bloody Beetroots remix of it, featured on their 2009 remix teazer, so there is a happy ending after all. Out of all the remixes of "Mind Dimension" there isn’t a really good one out there and again was blogged beyond death... so lets all wait patiently until the Bloody Beetroots remix drops shall we? Okay.
Jordanglowboi: WANT! END!
Here you go Van She Tech Whooo!
Barry NuBuck: I guess this post wouldn’t be complete without some localness now would it? Usually being the first to hate on anything South African (FailTrain anybody?) I cant say anything bad at all about the following artists...
Barry NuBuck: This guy is cool. I had the pleasure of checking Him out whilst in that Caped city... His live performance was smooth, styling and terrific fun... He have a uniquely african personal brand going on... and their music pretty much reflects this too. I'm definately not into townshippy-kwai-tech stuff at all, but I somehow really dig Gazelle's work... proof enough that its that good if a non-believer like me is down with it?
Snag their track Try from Jordan's post's on em earlier. Gazelle - Try and Gazelle Feature
Jordanglowboi: From the first time I set eyes on Gazelle it was love. I'm by large and far one of his biggest fans and supporters. His live act is by far the coolest thing I have ever seen, too come out of a South African artist...And with his the up and coming Album to be released this week I'm proud to be a South African with Artist like him around. Xander has crafted a truly South African sound with His album. It is something that truly feels like a local product not trying to copy the manufactured sounds of Europe and America...Gazelle you do us proud I salute you!
Barry NuBuck: Ha! nothing much to add to Jordan's post on em earlier... except these guys are really on it! From Murray just being an awesome dude in general, to an amazing artist and a pretty dam convincing producer and performer to Nick being... well i dont really know Nick except for his work... which is, well is dam rad! Together these guys are just brilliant.
Jordanglowboi: Well I wrote about how much I love these guys like 2days ago....But I still have to scream that they are the Fucken business. I love these Boi's and Gril, Murray is just such a funny bastard, Haley is a creative little genius...and Nick well Nick and me tend to get ourselves in bit of trouble Raving, but I love it. Except great things from these Kids these year...I do
Barry NuBuck: We havent covered these guys properly yet (Jordan: Gimme a fucken Break I'm Busy). Tim and Jason, in my opinion, are some of the most talented artists in our land for sure! They like the Soulwax of Africa... haha what would that make them? ghetto-soulwax? Well anyhow, Tim as you might know is an awesome DJ and accomplished clubby producer (with a horrible name) and will rock a dance floor with his grindcore electro arsenal... but that doesnt mean he cant chop out some meaty riffs on a bass and scream some anthemy vox at ya. Jordan says Tim can play like 10 instruments or something... and the girls love him... well the high school variety anyhow. Jason... he's like got enough talent in him for a whole band alone... and partnered with Tim... ya can just imagine. I like Jason. He always has time to talk music nerdery with me... we ramble on about the latest soft synths, marvel at Ableton and moan about the mastering process for hours... Apparently he is like a young eric clapton on a Gtar too... but in COC hes on Keys, sampler and some other paraphanalia...
Together they are brilliant.
Cutout are releasing their debut EP, its called Eponymous and its coming out on the Deconstruction record label. There Debut Music vid is in a previous post by Jordan Here!. Here's a sneak preview track for ya'll to enjoy...
Barry NuBuck: Sibot and Spoek... what a combo. These guys are killing it right now. Last year they toured most of the EU, who actually cant wait for them to go back. I posted their track "it's that beat" on the MSTRKRFT forum last year and the kids over in the US and Canada were loving it... why they havent toured there yet is beyond me, but im sure its in the pipeline. Anyways... last year Frenchie Toxic Avenger on I heart Comix did a remix for them that topped Hypem charts for a blog month or so. Thats kinda a big deal for a South African duo ya know... the track was rad and I can't wait to hear what else they gonna drop this year... so keep your clicker on their myspace.
If you ever bump into either of these guys, say whats up, they cool as hell... genuinely nice dudes.
Sibot has been around for years now and has really come into his own... a great producer and a ripper of a DJ.
Spoek has featured on so many club tracks with international producers I've lost count... honestly. From where im sitting he's one of the most sort after vocalists/ rappers from round 'ere so keep an eye on him... and his other projects, homie gonna go triple plat one of these days!
Jordanglowboi: All I can say is Sibot and Spoek....FUCK YEAH! It's going to be good.
That almost brings us to a close for now... but there are still future releases to look out for... no details as of yet, but we can't be long until Fake Blood drops a new original. ‘ol Theo Keating just released a new EP entitled Vampires under this Touche Moniker... so we guess once he’s bored of being Touché for a while, he’ll release something new as the amazing Fake Blood... and we will bring it to you hot off the wire.
A lot happening this half of 2009 here in Jozi. Our friend Kesh over at the End is Nigh has taken a bold leap into the present by booking the Bloody Beetroots for one night on March 7th... We will be covering the story in all the gory details... and will be doing a full post on it soon.... so check back soon and start saving your party monies for this, skip coke fest... coz its going to be the best thing you’ve been to!